Writing and the Holocaust

ISBN-10: 0841911851

ISBN-13: 9780841911857

Edition: 1988

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In this extraordinary collection of essays, historians, novelists and philosophers ponder the imponderable: Was the effort to exterminate the Jewish people a unique historic event or does it fit into a larger context? Is there justification for creating Holocaust fiction? Is humour an appropriate tool in Holocaust literature? Must a work about the Holocaust have redemptive value? With some exceptions, the essays were presented as papers at a 1987 conference at SUNY Albany. Among the participants were Saul Friedlander, Raul Hilberg and Aharon Appelfeld. Although a few contributions are oppressively intellectual, many brilliantly interweave anecdotes and issues to arrive at insights into the awesome task of writing about the Holocaust. Appelfeld, for example, vividly recollects pitiful child survivors who performed snatches of Jewish songs for coins before concluding, "The problem... has been to remove the Holocaust from its enormous, inhuman dimensions and bring it close to human beings."
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Holmes & Meier Publishers, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 293
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Aharon Appelfeld, born in Czernovitz, Bukovina, in 1932, experienced a tortuous childhood. Imprisoned in a German concentration camp at the age of eight, Appelfeld escaped and wandered around the Ukrainian countryside for several years, eventually joining the Russian, and later the Israeli, armies. Later still, he studied philosophy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Holocaust had a powerful effect on Appelfeld's life and works. Feelings and emotions associated with the survivors of the Holocaust, such as imminent doom, stunted his personal development, and fear pervaded Appelfeld's writing. "To the Land of the Cattails," "The Healer," and "Writing and the Holocaust" are a few of his many excellent works. Appelfeld taught Hebrew Literature for many years at Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba. His many awards include The Prime Minister's Prize for Creative Writing, two Anne Frank Literary Prizes, and the Israel Prize.

Introduction by Berel Lang
Raul Hilberg I Was Not There
Lawrence Langer Interpreting Survivor Testimony
The Absent Memory: The Act of Writing in Post-Holocaust French Literature
Lore Segal Memory: The Problems of Imagining the Past
Saul Friedl�nder Historical Writing and the Memory of the Holocaust
Part � II the Representation of Evil
Aharon Appelfeld After the Holocaust
Philip Hallie Writing About Ethical Ambivalence During the Holocaust
Kenneth Seeskin Coming to Terms with Failure: A Philosophical Dilemma
William Heyen Unwilled """"Chaos"""": In Poem We Trust
Sidra Dekoven Ezrahi Considering the Apocalypse: Is the Writing on the Wall Only Graffiti?
George Steiner the Long Life of Metaphor: An Approach to the """"Shoah""""
Irving Howe Writing and the Holocaust
James E. Young Holocaust Documentary Fiction: The Novelist as Eyewitness
Terrence Des Pres Holocaust Laughter?
Howard Needler Red Fire Upon Black Fire: Hebrew in the Holocaust Novels of K. Tsetnik
Berel Lang Writing-The-Holocaust: Jab�s and the Measure of History
Leslie Epstein Writing About the Holocaust
Roundtable Discussion
Raul Hilberg
Cynthia Ozick
Aharon Appelfeld
Saul Friedl�nder
Notes on Contributors
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